Joker, Bane And Robin Feature In Batman: Arkham Origins Multiplayer
Batman is the character who defined the phrase “I work alone” except when he has a spandex-clad lad at his side. Batman: Arkham Origins will be the first game in the Arkham series and possibly the first thing in existence that puts Batman and teamwork together without the ulterior motive of showing just how much smarter than everyone else Batman is.
The multiplayer will be based around third-person shooter mechanics and is being put together by a developer that has some experience with shooters – Splash Damage. These are the people who brought us Brink and Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory.
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Arkham Origins Online will let you done the cape and cowl or play as the Boy Wonder as you face off against other gamers who will take on the of a “Super-Villain Elite.” This gives you the opportunity to see what it’s like to side with the baddies and then “call in the ultimate reinforcement to help turn the tide in any match,” by summoning either Bane or Joker and then playing as them.
Basically it’s Batman and Robin vs a bunch of hired thugs. If the thugs do well enough they can call in the supervillains and end things. For this to work there needs to be one hell of a balancing act going on between the two sides to prevent overpowering. Each side will likely have to approach the game with different tactics and playstyles which should be interesting.
The only worry is this outsourcing business. It never seems to go down well, just as we saw with the outsourced boss battles in Deus Ex: Human Revolution or the outsourced everything in Aliens: Colonial Marines. Sure, it lightens the load on the core development studio but if you’ve chosen to add a multiplayer to a game where nobody asked for one then deliver on that.
I’d like to be proven wrong and for Splash Damage to really come through with a solid multiplayer experience that is also a great Batman experience.
Batman: Arkham Origins is set for release in October on PC, PS3, Wii U and Xbox 360 although no mention was made of a Wii U version for the multiplayer.